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How paddlers can help beat invasive non-native species

As a paddler you may come in contact with these harmful species when moving between different watercourses with your craft.

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Because of this you have a vital part to play in stopping the spread of damaging plant species.

The Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) have produced a handy guide for paddlers to help stop the spread.

Below are some videos on how to clean your canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards.


Check your boats, equipment and clothing for living organisms. Remove anything you find and leave it at the site.


Clean everything thoroughly as soon as you can, paying attention to the inside of your boat and areas that are damp and hard to access. Use hot water if possible.


Drain water from every part of your boat and dry with a sponge or towel before leaving the site. Dry everything thoroughly for as long as possible. Some invasive plants and animals can survive for two weeks in damp conditions.

Read more about Check, Clean, Dry.